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  • smyrna5
    started a topic Best Metal Files (hand powered)

    Best Metal Files (hand powered)

    I am not sure how many of you still use plain old hand powered metal files, but if you do, what brands and types do you recommend to people as a sort of basic kit for those don't necessarily want to be throwing sparks and wearing ear plugs all the time with our grinders?

  • usmcpop
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    This place has all kinds of weird files. They even have a "Milled Curved Tooth File". I have an old one around that I love, but I never knew what it was called. And I didn't realize a new one costs around $50!

    http://shorinternational.com/Files.htm

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  • Planet X
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    1. PFERD
    2. Simonds
    3. Nicholson

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  • 1990notch
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    Originally posted by Blacksmith View Post
    You also may want to consider "chalking" the files. This fills the teeth with soft chalk that will encapsulate the metal filings, reducing the chance of scratching your work and making it easier to clean the file with a file card. This is something that gunsmiths do all the time since they are often using files as a step towards a finished polished surface. Buy quality files, use chalk, don't backstroke them, keep them clean dry and rust free and you will be amazed at how well they work. Andyou don't need an outlet or cord!
    I learned sometihng new today, thanks for the post!

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  • Blacksmith
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    You also may want to consider "chalking" the files. This fills the teeth with soft chalk that will encapsulate the metal filings, reducing the chance of scratching your work and making it easier to clean the file with a file card. This is something that gunsmiths do all the time since they are often using files as a step towards a finished polished surface. Buy quality files, use chalk, don't backstroke them, keep them clean dry and rust free and you will be amazed at how well they work. And you don't need an outlet or cord!
    Last edited by Blacksmith; 02-23-2007, 02:55 PM.

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  • LarryL
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    The Tin Man (Kent White) sells steel files for working aluminum at his website:

    http://www.tinmantech.com/

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  • brianpgriset
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    I've only ever used Nicholson but results have been good.

    The big box stores do carry them, but I think for more of a selection you'll have to go to an industrial supply store like Fastenal, Enco, or McMaster-Carr, etc...

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  • TJJ
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    Nicholson is the best. IMHO

    Use the right file for the job and keep them clean. I also oil them down regularly. Rust will ruin the cutting edge quick. Light coat of oil will make the chips clear the teeth easier. Use a file card often.

    I get them at the local machine tool supply store or from MSC.

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  • BillC
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    Originally posted by smyrna5 View Post
    I was at Lowes today. They had a really awful selection of metal files.
    Then it must be Home Depot...

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  • Aerometalworker
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    sharpening files

    How do you sharpen a file?
    With a chemical etching, provided the teeth arent all bent up from people back-stroking them.

    -Aaron

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  • Monte55
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    Originally posted by Aerometalworker View Post
    Aluminum or steel?

    If Aluminum I love supershear files frol england

    For steel Nicholson makes fine files in different cuts. They can even be sharpened when dull.

    -Aaron
    How do you sharpen a file?

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  • 1990notch
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    I've always bought & liked Nicholson files myself. They've been owned by Cooper Tools for a while now. Cooper also owns Crescent and several other familiar brands. I sometimes see packaged assortments of Nicholson files or other Cooper Tools at Costco. I'm not certain because my memory is not as good as it used to be, but I seem to remember looking at the package and being disappointed that it said "Made in China". Or maybe it was on a package of Crecsent brand tongue & groove pliers. It was one of them though.

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  • smyrna5
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    Originally posted by BillC View Post
    I've seen them at either Home Depot or Lowes or maybe both...
    I was at Lowes today. They had a really awful selection of metal files.

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  • BillC
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    Originally posted by smyrna5 View Post
    Best place to buy em?
    I've seen them at either Home Depot or Lowes or maybe both...

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  • smyrna5
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    Best place to buy em?

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